Overcoming Mental Health Stigma Within South Asian Communities One Story at a Time

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Clearly, mental health is still an unexplored issue, not talked or written about enough. And that’s why I’m happy to launch a new section on Brown Girl, dedicated to promoting mental health among young South Asian women.

Why Hypermasculinity is Ruining The Men in Our Lives

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It scares me to think about the harshness of our patriarchal society and its effect on men. The signs of gender inequality are obvious in women, but in men, it’s much more subtle, yet just as corrosive.

Meet the Founder of The Hijab Project —— Empowered 18-Year-Old Hijabi Amara Majeed

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Amara Majeed is a feminist. She also wears a hijab—and she doesn’t think these two things are at odds with one another. In fact, her view is quite the opposite. Majeed is actively doing her part to change any and all stereotypes that exist about hijab-clad women.

There is no Room Left for the Confederate Flag in the United States

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Two weeks ago, nine innocent African-American lives were taken by a white supremacist inside the iconic Charleston, South Carolina Emanuel A.M.E. Church, and since then, Southern Republican leaders, including Governor Nikki (Nimrita) Haley, have been called upon for the removal of the Confederate flag from Capitol grounds.

10 Traditional Indian Dance Moves to Groove With This Summer

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If you are a trendsetter who wants to break into some unique Indian dance moves, then check out the following list of steps and routines from classical to folk dance styles.

Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar’s Lowdown on the Print Maxi Dress Trend

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This year, my love for maxi dresses is on a completely different level. I adore the intricate fabrics rolling down my legs mixed with pleasant summery prints.

Meet the Founder of The Hijab Project —— Empowered 18-Year-Old Hijabi Amara Majeed

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Amara Majeed is a feminist. She also wears a hijab—and she doesn’t think these two things are at odds with one another. In fact, her view is quite the opposite. Majeed is actively doing her part to change any and all stereotypes that exist about hijab-clad women.

How Rachel Dolezal’s Scandal Brings Forth the Discussion of Transracial vs. Transcultural

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The Rachel Dolezal incident has brought to light pertinent issues related to race, privilege, and identity. People around the world are in shock that a White woman could carry on such an extended and intricate façade as a biracial Black woman for so many years.

South Asian Women in STEM to Walk the Ramp in New York City

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The lack of role models for South Asian women in the Diaspora is slowly diminishing because of pioneers like Joya Dass. We are grateful for our on-going partnership with her and look forward to the many collaborations ahead. We are a proud sponsor of the Stars of STEM fashion show—taking place Thursday, June 25 at Rogue Space Gallery in New York City.

One-on-One With the Funny Girl Behind ohNOSHEENdidnt’s YouTube Channel

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You’ve seen her YouTube videos, she’s made you LOL with her hilarious “chit-chats” and aunty impersonations, but now it’s time to meet the great mind behind ohNOSHEENdidnt, Nosheen Idrees.

Tanima Kazi’s ‘How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels’— A Refreshing Take on Chick Lit Novels

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Tanima Kazi’s debut fiction novel,”How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels,” is better than the average chick lit you read on vacations at the beach. As an avid reader of chick lit, I have read a variety of novels by different authors and every time I finish a book, I am always a little disappointed by the story.

Rini Sampath: USC Student Body President And Brown Girl Of The Month

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My dad loves to tell the story of how my grandfather had five photos proudly hanging on the walls of their home in Erode, India: Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lalbahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and John F. Kennedy. Growing up, I aspired to be everything from an

Listen to Singer Asha Sing’s Newest Mash-Up of ‘Only One’ and ‘Four Five Seconds’

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Need a pick -me-up? Listen to this beautiful mash-up of Paul McCartney’s “Only One” and Rihanna/Kanye West’s “Four Five Seconds,” by former Brown Girl of the Month Asha Sing and her best friend Joni Fatora.

Deepika Padukone’s New Ad Will Have you in Tears and Calling Your Mom

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When was the last time a jewelry ad made you tear, even borderline cry? Deepika Padukone’s ad has the power to do all of that and more.

Rina Patel: Brown Girl of the Month and Founder of Aahana, NPO in Gujarat

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This proverb has always reminded me of the long, adventurous and circuitous journey my father took from his small village in India to the diamond business in Surat, Gujarat, to the depths of Mumbai, to the suburbs of Chicago, to the little India of New Jersey and finally,

Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar’s Lowdown on the Print Maxi Dress Trend

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This year, my love for maxi dresses is on a completely different level. I adore the intricate fabrics rolling down my legs mixed with pleasant summery prints.

Gayatri Jolly’s Graduation Speech at Parsons School of Design is a Must Read for Every Recent Grad

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“The answers will flow if we start asking all the questions that all our inner voices are asking of us, out of passion and without fear. If we look within ourselves, we already have everything we need to take on what lies ahead of us. Our feet that have stood for endless hours without a break in the studio can surely carry us through the future, our hands that can sew and rip seams all night long are capable of building the lives that we’ve dreamed of and our eyes can see the future that our minds imagine.”

Makeup Artist Karuna Chani’s Step-by-Step Guide for the Perfect Red Lip and Winged Eyeliner

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Brown Girls and internationally recognized make-up artist Karuna Chani recently met for a fun tutorial, champagne and cupcakes. She shared some cool tips about everything you need in order to achieve a flawless look with a bold, red lip!

Top 9 Drugstore Red Lipstick Shades to Have in Your Makeup Bag

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Finding the perfect red lipstick shade can be tricky at times, especially with medium to darker skin tones. You may simply want a sheer pop of color to have on throughout the day when you need a pick-me-up or a bold pigmented hue for night-wear.

How to Rock a Red Lace Dress, by Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar

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Before I share this perfect red lace dress with you all, I want to take a moment to share an anecdote about my mom.

How to Easily and Efficiently Rock the Monochrome Trend, by Fashion Blogger Maryam Asadullah

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One of my favorite trends from this season is the monochrome trend. Brands like Givenchy, Balmain, and Isabel Marant have made monochrome a staple in their vast collections.

Top 9 Drugstore Pink Lipstick Shades to Have in Your Makeup Bag

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the many shades and types of lipsticks at the beauty counter because you are not sure which one would suit you best? It’s your lucky day, beauties because I’ve got you covered in choosing the perfect pink shade.

How to Pair a Big, Comfy Sweater With the Right Blouse and Accessories

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This winter, thanks to snow storms, I spent a lot of time indoors next to our fireplace with a warm blanket and comfy sweater. I have always been a little too sensitive to cold, so even now, I like big, cozy, colorful sweaters and puffy jackets.

Glam up Your Desi Look With This Yellow Saree and Gold Details

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For today’s post, I am sharing a gem from my own collection, Zunera by Labels. I have always loved sarees because it is such an elegant and diverse outfit, if worn right.

Why Hypermasculinity is Ruining The Men in Our Lives

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It scares me to think about the harshness of our patriarchal society and its effect on men. The signs of gender inequality are obvious in women, but in men, it’s much more subtle, yet just as corrosive.

10 Traditional Indian Dance Moves to Groove With This Summer

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If you are a trendsetter who wants to break into some unique Indian dance moves, then check out the following list of steps and routines from classical to folk dance styles.

‘India’s Daughter': The Film’s Lack of Voices, it’s Systematic Issues and the Global Problem

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We dedicate this article to Jyoti Singh Pandey whose voice is missing in the controversial documentary “India’s Daughter” and to all her friends and family who hold her close, especially her parents, who courageously shared their personal pain and experience that came into being in 2012.

How the Supreme Court’s Decision on Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Gives Hope to Queer Youth

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You can’t shut the door on your sexual identity and deny to yourself who you are. I knew I would find a way to make it work with whomever I loved: man, woman or non-gender-conforming.

Sikh Americans Mourn in Wake of Charleston Tragedy Prompted by Hate

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“As Sikh Americans, we’re heartbroken to once again bear witness to another brutal act of hateful violence directed at a faith community at their place of worship,” Sikh Coalition’s Executive Director Sapreet Kaur said. “As Sikhs, we remember the 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin tragedy like it was yesterday. We are anguished by the knowledge that another community must endure the same pain and suffering. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with all of those involved and impacted by this deadly violence.”

13 Times Zoya Akhtar Nailed the Issue of Gender Inequality in ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

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Zoya Akhtar’s latest film, “Dil Dhadakne Do,” which stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah, made quite a splash. And no, that is not only because of the movie’s drool-worthy star cast and upbeat dance numbers.

The International Culture Of Bhangra Dance Competitions

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My freshman year at Ohio State was the first time I joined a bhangra team and it was also the first time I danced on stage in front of hundreds of people. My team, Buckeye Bhangra, had the opportunity to compete at five competitions and showcase one exhibition act.

Tanima Kazi’s ‘How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels’— A Refreshing Take on Chick Lit Novels

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Tanima Kazi’s debut fiction novel,”How to Escape an Arranged Marriage in High Heels,” is better than the average chick lit you read on vacations at the beach. As an avid reader of chick lit, I have read a variety of novels by different authors and every time I finish a book, I am always a little disappointed by the story.

India’s First Lesbian Ad Is A Big Step Toward Social Change In A Conservative Country

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The ad, “The Visit,” captures a heartwarming conversation (and some kissing) between a live-in lesbian couple (Shocking? We know!) that is taking the next step forward in their relationship: introducing one partner to the other’s parents.